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Get Over Being A Sugar Cookie

Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander U. S. Special Operations Command and Navy Seal spoke last week at the U of Texas Commencement Address. The motto of the Austin campus is, “What starts here changes the world”, and Admiral McRaven used this motto as the theme of his speech. In Seal training, one of the things recruits have to endure is uniform inspection, and it is designed so that...
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Circus

In this season of graduation ceremonies and speeches, I decided to share some of the encouragement I heard given to students as they move on to their next phase of life. At the University of Texas combined graduation ceremony on May 17, Admiral William H McRaven, Commander U. S. Special Operations Command and Navy Seal, gave the commencement address. His theme was what he had learned in Seal...
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How Much Was a Talent Worth?

Almost everyone has heard of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-18). I heard the story so many times growing up that I didn’t pay much attention to the details.  You probably know the story: A man was about to go on a journey, and before he left he gave his possessions to his slaves.  He gave one slave five talents, one slave two talents, and the third slave one talent.  And in...
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Interests are Over-rated!

By Mike McCormack One of my biggest pet peeves is how much emphasis young adults (and many consultants) put on interests when making career choices. It is also amazing how many assessment instruments there are for interests – and how many people think they are just as important as talents or skills. The usual way interests are used is to tell someone to follow their passions (interests), and...
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Myth Busting: They Will Figure It Out In College

Most parents think it is O.K. to send their kids off to college to figure things out – things like what they will do with the rest of their lives – because that is where most of us started to figure things out. The problem is we live in a different world now! When we (parents) went to college, very few of the colleges were ‘full’, so if you could fill out the application,...
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When Should Students Start Thinking About Careers?

On March 17, 2014 the Wall Street Journal published an article with the headline, “Using Salary Prospects to Choose a College Major“. In it, they covered two topics that we talk about often with our clients: What information should they use when choosing a career (and therefore a major), and When should they start doing this. The writer interviewed several consultants to ask them how...
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